WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) welcomes Dikranouhi “Dede” Krikorian who joins Peter Akmajian as the Assembly’s Co-Chair for the State of Arizona.
“I look forward to working alongside Peter to serve the Armenian community of Arizona in this new capacity and continue my activism on issues of importance to Armenian Americans,” Krikorian said.
A dedicated volunteer for several Armenian organizations throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area, Krikorian is an active member of St. Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church of Scottsdale. Since 2014, she has served on the Executive Board of the St. Apkar chapter of the Armenian Church Youth Organization (ACYO).
Last month, Krikorian and Akmajian were joined by Armenian Assembly Western Region Director Mihran Toumajan at St. Apkar’s annual “ArmeniaFEST,” where the Assembly highlighted its advocacy initiatives, as well as its summer internship programs in Washington, D.C. and Yerevan, Armenia. The two-day festival attracted hundreds of attendees, including members of the Armenian community from Tucson and greater Phoenix. Many people attended St. Apkar’s Melikian Hall to “experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Armenia,” as the church so aptly highlighted. In partnership with St. Apkar’s diligent Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Zacharia Saribekyan, and its lay leadership, the Assembly endeavors to bolster its grassroots activities throughout Arizona in 2018.
Krikorian is a recent graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). She is currently a law clerk at Price Law Group, APC, where she practices civil litigation. While in law school, Krikorian served as President of the Armenian Law Students Association (ALSA), which provides a platform for community-building among Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students of Armenian descent, non-Armenian students, and faculty interested in exploring Armenian civilization and legal history. Krikorian completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Business Law at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business in Tempe, Arizona.
With over 30 years in the legal arena, Peter Akmajian is a successful trial lawyer and partner at Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian, a prominent personal injury law firm based in the greater Tucson area. Prior to his service as a plaintiff’s attorney, Akmajian worked as a civil defense lawyer. Since 1998, Akmajian has been certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, and is a long-time member of the State Bar’s Commission responsible for vetting potential specialists. In recognition of his outstanding trial work, Akmajian has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers. He is also a long-time member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a prestigious trial lawyers organization. From 1984-1985, Akmajian served as a judicial law clerk for Vice-Chief Justice Frank X. Gordon of the Arizona Supreme Court.
“Peter Akmajian has done an exemplary job as the Assembly’s Arizona State Chair, and we are excited about the addition of Dede Krikorian in this capacity. The Assembly is doubling its efforts in The Grand Canyon State, and we are confident that both Peter and Dede will increase our advocacy efforts to energize greater activism among Armenian Americans in Arizona,” stated Assembly Western Region Director Mihran Toumajan.
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.